“Deze jonge Noorse tenor maakte indruk met zijn gave, elegante stemgeluid en een volwassen muzikaliteit.” – MUSICO reizen
The norwegian tenor Mikkel Skorpen, is a young aspiring artist currently living in Oslo, Norway, where he is freelancing as a concert and operatic singer, while also studying to become a certified Timani teacher.
He worked at the Opera Studio of Opera de Lyon in the season 15/16 in two productions. He sang the role of Dr. S in “The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat” by Michael Nyman which premiered in Annecy and also had performances in Lyon and Quimper. He also sang the two roles Harlekin and A Soldier in the piece “Der Kaiser Von Atlantis” by Viktor Ullmann, which premiered in Valence and after had a run in Lyon.
Mikkel recieved his first musical training while playing the saxophone from he was 8 years old. When he was 15, he attended a college with a special music program, and went from playing the saxophone, to singing.
At an age of 19 he moved to The Netherlands to pursue his dream of becoming a professional singer. A big part of his decision of moving to the quite small town Zwolle, was to study with Felix Schoonenboom, a recently retired teacher Mikkel had met at the conservatory where he was going to commence his studies. Mr. Schoonenboom helped Mikkel as a young singer, build up an understanding of the instrument and patiently worked with him on pitch, tone quality and the mechanism of the breath support.
Further he studied privately with Raymond Modesti, who is situated in Hoofddorp in The Netherlands. Mr. Modesti was the teacher which introduced Mikkel to the belcanto style and technique. They worked intensly together for almost a year before Mikkel got accepted to the Opera Academy in Oslo. With his immense knowledge of the function of the voice and operatic style and repertoire Mr. Modesti has been/is one of Mikkels most important resources on his current way to becoming a great operatic singer.
In Oslo, he studied with the great voice teacher Matthew Marriott for 2 years, before he got accepted into the opera studio in Lyon, France.
In Lyon he had voice lessons and coachings with the renowned french singer Jean-Paul Fouchecourt.
During his years in The Netherlands, Mikkel performed as a soloist with multiple choirs with oratorio repertoire and under different directors; Hans de Wilde, Jaap Vonk and Klaas Stok.
In october 2012 Mikkel was the winner of ”MUSICO liedcompetition” in Amsterdam, and he gave his first solo recital in Waalse Kerk, Arnhem, in June 2013, with pieces by Beethoven, Finzi and Grieg.
in August 2013 he took part in the Young Artist Program in Nice “Les Azuriales” which involved coachings and a competition. He was one of 10 finalists which were invited after doing an audition earlier that year.